Ad-a-day: a month-long challenge in May 2019

A colleague of mine shared (commented on?) a challenge to create an ad a day for a month. I’m trying to get better at marketing-adjacent skills, and thought I’d give it a bash. Only problem? I’m not a designer – not by a long shot.

Luckily the challenge creator had thought of that and chimed in to remove that as an excuse. So my goal is to update this gallery and post with 1 ad every day for the month of May.

My twist is that I’m going to pick a different open source project every day.

  • May 1: I started with the Fedora Linux distribution to celebrate the launch of their latest release. Photo by Martin Reisch on Unsplash
  • May 2: Today’s ad is for my favourite audio player / manager, Amarok. There is a playlist generation feature called “50 random tracks”, I’ll smash that like 5 times then queue up my favourites from the list. Photo by Michael Mazzone on Unsplash
  • May 3: Like many people I have a Raspberry Pi in a drawer somewhere. I was using it as a media centre before I got rid of my TV. Next up, Nextcloud server? Photo by Dilyara Garifullina on Unsplash
  • May 4: As the drumbeat of social media privacy nonsense continues to roll, alternative networks like Mastadon look more appealing. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
  • May 5: Like many long time internet users, I’ve got barnacles of “stuff” I downloaded over the years. OpenELEC is a great way to get that stuff in front of your eyeballs.Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
  • May 6: If I have an idea to try online, my default approach is to spin up a WordPress. There must be something it can’t do, but I haven’t found it yet. Photo by TRΛVELER . on Unsplash
  • May 7: There I was browsing the internet like I do every night (!?!) when all the sudden I saw an ad and couldn’t Buffer anything. Turns out it was a classic expired certificate causing all my plugins to fail, and has since been sorted out. Made me realize how much I take Firefox for granted. Photo by Timothy Tan on Unsplash
  • May 8: I’ve never gotten caught up in the desktop environment wars and my interest in experimenting has dropped off dramatically. I’m a satisfied with the Gnome Shell; it has the right mix of slickness and quirks to keep me productive and stay out of my way. Photo by Michael Johnson on Flickr.
  • May 9: I’ve been using Skype messaging for 1 friend; I don’t really like it. He told me he also uses Signal, so I got it. Now I’m using Signal for 1 friend. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
  • May 10: I use Audacity to edit my podcast. It’s look and feel hasn’t changed for a long time, but it works real good. Photo by Eric Nopanen on Unsplash
  • May 11: I was tired and went to bed without making an ad.
  • May 12: There is no media file to weird for VLC. It’s one of those things I automatically install, every time. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
  • May 13: My video editing skills are mostly limited to presentations and trying to ape Casey Neistat. kdenlive is a great video editor if you’re trying to do either of those things (and I presume, more). Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels
  • May 14: “The Linux Philosophy” is (or was) about software that does 1 thing really well, and combining those things in a way that is greater than the sum of the parts. coreutils (or Gnu core utilities) exemplifies that philosophy pretty well. Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash
  • May 15: The holy grail of messaging is total interoperability… at least from a user’s perspective. Instead we all have 7 different chat apps and have to switch between them. Rambox makes that slightly less obnoxious. Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels
  • May 16: XChat was my preferred IRC client until it got pulled from the repos. Something about the last commit being made around 2010… Photo by Tuce on Unsplash
  • May 17: I went to bed.
  • May 18: If I’m being completely honest, I mostly use it for rescaling images. From what I understand the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) does heaps more. Photo by manu schwendener on Unsplash
  • May 19: The ebook you want is only available from a certain megacorp and only works with their reader. You have a different reader. What do you do? Calibre. Photo by Henry Be on Unsplash
  • May 20: You know people are serious about security when their email contains a long string of random characters at the beginning. Mine does not… maybe one day I’ll get invited to a key signing party. Photo by Icons8 team on Unsplash
  • May 21: I’ll admit to having a less personal relationship with Kubernetes but I have friends at Kubecon in Barcelona and I wanted to play along. Photo by Jonathan Meyer from Pexels
  • May 22: I went to bed again.
  • May 23: Continuing with the Kubecon theme, today I made a poster about everybody’s (somebody’s?) favourite service mesh istio. Its got dog. Its got motorcycle. What more can you want? Photo by David Tostado on Unsplash
  • May 24: Funny story: I was using Sparkleshare as a git based Dropbox replacement, until I realized it was costing me 96 gigs to store 4 gigs of data. You live you learn. Photo by Tim Gouw from Pexels
  • May 25: I went to bed.
  • May 26: I read my book (the final in a very long series). In general this weekend was pretty disconnected, and I needed it.
  • May 27: To me LibreOffice is like a pair of old jeans. Super comfortable, always there when you need it. Now they even have an unsupported online edition if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • May 28: I realized when putting this ad together that I’m wasn’t 100% clear on the difference between AI and ML, so I googled it. Still not 100% clear. Photo by Dom Hill on Unsplash
  • May 29: There are 2 types of people: document people and spreadsheet people. I am a document person, and Atom is how I create my documents. Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash

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